However, those efforts have been suspended since Saturday due to trail conditions and the risk of avalanches. Rescuers are using helicopters and drones until a ground search can resume, Huerta added.
Sands’ agent did not immediately respond to a request for comment early Thursday.
In a separate space press release published Wednesday morningthe sheriff’s department said two hikers died in falls on or around the Mount Baldy area in the past month in “extremely dangerous” conditions on the mountain, located about 40 miles northeast of the center -City of Los Angeles.
In total, rescuers launched 14 search operations for lost, stranded or injured hikers in the previous four weeks, the statement said, noting that snow turned to ice amid high winds. Bad weather and avalanche conditions have hampered all search and rescue efforts, the statement said, adding: “Recent storms that have brought snow and ice conditions are not favorable for hikers, even those who feel they have a high level of experience.”
Sands starred alongside Helena Bonham Carter in the 1985 romance “A Room With a View.” He appeared in other films including “The Killing Fields”, “Boxing Helena” and “Leaving Las Vegas”, as well as the “24” series.